ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – A 9-year-old boy was injured during a game between the St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers last week. The St. Louis Blues say that Alex Vaughn was hit by a puck, just under his nose, during second period. The team stepped up last night to give him an experience that he will never forget.
Alex’s dad was sitting right next to him when the puck went flying through the air. Greg Vaughn tells the St. Louis Blues that, “The game moves so quick, so as soon as it cleared the glass it was there. It was too late. You couldn’t really react. It was scary.”
The 9-year-old was rushed to St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Doctors had to use 16 stitches to close the one-inch cut under his nose. Vaughn had four more stitches inside his mouth. He is scheduled to meet with a plastic surgeon on Oct. 28.
Alex must be a die-hard Blues fan. He went to Scottrade Center for a game against the Calgary Flames. The Blues suffered their first home loss of the season during Tuesday’s game. The match wasn’t that great for fans of the home team. But, what the Note did next is something Alex will probably remember for the rest of his life. The young hockey player was given a personal tour of Blues locker room by Vladimir Tarasenko.
Alex left the game with a game-used stick from Tarasenko, a puck signed by Pietrangelo as well as a team-signed stick with a “get well soon” message from McDonagh and the Rangers. He also met Robert Bortuzzo, Barret Jackman and Darren Pang after the game.
Before and afters of young Blues fan hit by puck during Rangers game 10/15. He looks a lot happier after recent visit to Blues locker room. pic.twitter.com/QBsDIYp2Dh
— Jeff Bernthal (@JeffBernthal) October 26, 2016